from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of instituting.
- n. A custom, practice, relationship, or behavioral pattern of importance in the life of a community or society: the institutions of marriage and the family.
- n. Informal One long associated with a specified place, position, or function.
- n. An established organization or foundation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, or culture.
- n. The building or buildings housing such an organization.
- n. A place for the care of persons who are destitute, disabled, or mentally ill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An established organisation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, culture or the care of the destitute, poor etc.
- n. The building which houses such an organisation.
- n. A custom or practice of a society or community - marriage for example.
- n. A person long established with a certain place or position.
- n. The act of instituting.
- n. That which institutes or instructs; a textbook or system of elements or rules.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of instituting; as: (a) Establishment; foundation; enactment.
- n. Instruction; education.
- n. The act or ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice, by which the care of souls is committed to his charge.
- n. That which instituted or established.
- n. Established order, method, or custom; enactment; ordinance; permanent form of law or polity.
- n. An established or organized society or corporation; an establishment, especially of a public character, or affecting a community; a foundation; ; also, a building or the buildings occupied or used by such organization.
- n. Anything forming a characteristic and persistent feature in social or national life or habits.
- n. That which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system of elements or rules; an institute.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of instituting or setting up; establishment; effective ordination: as, the institution of laws or government; the institution of an inquiry.
- n. Establishment in office; in ecclesiastical use, instatement in a spiritual charge; investment with the cure of souls. See installation.
- n. Establishment in learning; instruction.
- n. Established rule or order; a principle of procedure in any relation; custom; more specifically, an established habit of action, or body of related facts, regulating human conduct in the attainment of a social end, and constituting an element in the social organization or civilization of a community: as, government, the family, a language, is an institution.
- n. An established custom or usage, or a characteristic.
- n. An establishment for the promotion of some object; an organized society or body of persons, usually with a fixed place of assemblage and operation, devoted to a special pursuit or purpose: as, an educational institution; a charitable institution; the Smithsonian Institution at Washington.
- n. A system of the elements or rules of any art or science; a treatise or text-book.
- n. Eccles.: The origination of the eucharist, and enactment of its observance, by Christ.
- n. The words used by Christ in instituting the eucharist, in the various forms as recorded in Scripture (Mat. xxvi. 26–28; Mark xiv. 22–24; Luke xxii. 19, 20; 1 Cor. xi. 23–25), or transmitted by tradition; in liturgics, the part of the prayer of consecration of the eucharistic elements in which these words are repeated. Also called more fully the commemoration, recital, or words of institution.
- n. The act by which a bishop commits the cure of souls under himself in a parish within his diocese to a priest as rector or vicar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
- n. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
- n. a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society
- n. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
- n. an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
From Old French institution, from Latin institutio, from instituere ("to set up"), from in ("in, on") + statuere ("to set up, establish"). (Wiktionary)